“… McClelland simply repeated loose claims that Mr Assange might have committed an offence.
He said that obtaining and distributing information that put national security at risk was likely to be an offence in the US.
''Certainly to release that sort of information by an officer of the Commonwealth, if it were Australian material, would in my view certainly involve criminality,'' he said.”
Which might be a relevant observation if Julian Assange, or the relevant junior member of the US army, were dealing in leaked Australian material, or if they, or anyone else directly or indirectly involved, was “an officer of the Commonwealth”.
But they’re fucking-well-not.
McClelland may as well have blithered: “Certainly if people were shot dead, and if they were shot dead on Australian soil, that would in my view certainly involve criminality.”
Yes, certainly. And certainly fucking irrelevant.
Truly, between the two of them, Gillard and McClelland have repeatedly displayed a level of dimwittedness that is starting to grate.
Aussie lawyers call for protection for Assange